Buckingham Palace Transformed into Rainforest



Sunday 15th April 2018

The iconic façade of Buckingham Palace will be transformed on Sunday night, as a vibrant rainforest design is projected on to the building as part of a global conservation initiative in Her Majesty’s name. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project (QCC) seeks to preserve precious areas of forest for future generations. Already, more than 40 nations have made binding commitments.

The artwork for the projection features the QCC logo embedded with a pattern of identifiable foliage and tree silhouettes, designed to take the viewer into a lush forest ‘canopy’ space.

The projection will light up the Palace at the start of a week in which representatives of 53 countries will gather in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Summit (CHOGM), during which they will discuss environmental themes and other issues of common interest. The QCC will also be the subject of The Queen’s Green Planet, a landmark documentary to be broadcast on ITV at 9pm on Monday evening.

During the course of her reign, Her Majesty has planted more than 1500 trees all over the world. In the ITV documentary, The Queen can be seen in the Buckingham Palace garden discussing her commitment to a greener planet with the programme’s presenter, Sir David Attenborough.

Entering the week of the Commonwealth Summit, a striking new QCC commitment has been announced by South Africa, where the Knysna and Tsitsikama forest complex (36,000ha) is to be protected and preserved. The area holds a special poignancy for The Queen: it is where, as Princess Elizabeth, she celebrated her 21st birthday and dedicated her life to serving the Commonwealth.

The QCC initiative was launched at the last CHOGM in Malta in 2015, when an appeal was made to all Commonwealth nations to preserve in perpetuity areas of indigenous forest to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Conceived by the Right Honourable Frank Field MP, the QCC is a partnership between The Royal Commonwealth Society, Cool Earth and the Commonwealth Forestry Association.

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